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Here are 25 types of posts ideas to get you started using Yammer.
25 Types of Yammer Posts
1. Ask a question: Try to get answers everyone needs to move their work forward.
2.This might be helpful: Add a useful file to the conversation (of course, can be done in any message).
FEED THE CONVERSATION
3.Explanation: An explanation of or a question about a project, problem, event, change, etc. Also, what you’re looking to get from your coworkers—answers, ideas, help, feedback, volunteers, tips, etc.
4.Confirmation (by the thread starter): “Yes, that’s exactly right.” “No, what I meant was…”
5.Acknowledgement: Recognizing whomever has brought the project or improvement, etc. thus far if it’s not a brand new project or concept.
6. Add other important people: Once the goal has been outlined and confirmed, it might make sense to cc: other stakeholders who would be more useful from this point on. Then they can easily catch up on the conversation before it’s 55 messages deep.
7.You forgot this!: Chime in with relevant points that were accidentally overlooked or that are integral to the goal specified in a post.
8.Get everyone back on topic: Just in case some people get carried away with “what we forgot” or any other tangent. Use this post type to bring focus back to the conversation.
9.Chiming in: Or stepping on the thread starter’s toes, expounding/confirming on their behalf. “Yeah, but I think she’s also saying/implying…”
10. Reaffirm/amplify: “I really like what Jeff said about X. Can we/let’s add that to…”
DISCUSS YOUR WORK
11. Meeting scheduling: Arrange to talk offline (only if necessary). Remember that you can do stand-ups on Yammer.
12. Volunteer/assign: Volunteer to help or assign people to tasks to move work forward.
13. Set/suggest deadlines: Even if there isn’t a hard deadline.
14. Post meeting notes: As well as deadlines and who’s responsible for what if decided offline in a meeting.
15. Expose blockers: These might come up later. Don’t be afraid to reopen the conversation when they arise.
16. Measure progress: Likely an answer to the follow up post, but not necessarily.
17. Suggesting the backup plan/more feasible plan: Someone has to do it.
18. Follow up: Check in on your coworkers’ progress.
19. Breakdown/summary: Summarize for the thread starter what he or she said/requested (So you’re saying… is that right, John?) to make sure everyone is on the same page.
20. Make a decision: If you have jurisdiction. When there are 2 million possibilities or a this-or-that question, make a decision. Ask if anyone has good reason to object (concerns), and leave the question open long enough for any concerns to trickle in.
21. Stand-up: You check in about your own progress (or lack thereof).
22. Retro: How did everyone do? Overall? First try? Second try? How can the team improve?
23. Give feedback: When someone posts part of their work, help them make it better.
24. Metrics talk: Ask the group, “How will we know/measure if we’re/it is successful?” Or just suggest metrics.
25. Measure success: Or failure. How did it go?